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Truth as a commodity and other issues

I don’t know whether I’m ga-ga, delusional, or even turning into a hard line, “hang ‘em and flog ‘em” right-wing Tory, but over the past couple of years, on the Stephen Nolan Show (aired from about 2200 hours to 0100 hours most nights) habitual Radio Five Live listeners like myself have [...]

August 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

A bit of a damp squib

For my sins – despite the ‘Phoney War’ nature of all these Rugby World Cup warm-up games – yesterday I made a point of watching Channel Four’s live coverage of the Welsh 13-6 victory over England in their return fixture at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. It the event, for all the [...]

August 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

The art of embracing the new

Sometimes in life you have to try and keep a sense of proportion. For some months now, from the side-lines, I’ve been following the Rust sports department’s campaigns seeking to condemn drugs cheats absolutely and point out the absurdities inherent in the PC-backed thrust to get elite female [...]

August 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Perception and memories can play tricks

As I set off upon today’s post I’m conscious that I don’t know quite where I’m going or indeed where I’m going to end up. However – in the spirit of the famous catchphrase of Alfred E. Newman, the hero of America’s Mad magazine of which I was an avid reader about fifty-five years ago [...]

August 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another day goes by

Scenes from family life, part 17: Last Sunday after lunch I sat in front of the television with my aged father and others to watch the England rugby team’s international friendly match with Wales, one of those ‘try-out’ games leading up to the Rugby World Cup which begins next month in Japan. [...]

August 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

We get what we deserve (usually)

A puzzling and sometimes amusing feature of modern life are those occasions in which polling research into people’s views and attitudes appears to produce results which on the face of it are unexpected, counter-intuitive or odd. Or, alternatively, perhaps even perfectly normal for that matter. It [...]

August 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

All about nothing

We are all different – some might suggest that is what makes the world go around. Whether we are ginger-haired, white, black, mixed-race, bald, short-sighted, disabled in some way, excessively tall or short, male, female, transgender, ‘identifying today as some gender we weren’t yesterday’, [...]

August 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

The weekend’s rugby union matches

Let us be blunt about it. Few rugby fans will be drawing conclusions about the outcome of this year’s Rugby World Cup if, like me, they watched the Northern Hemisphere warm-up games between Ireland and Italy (29-10 in Dublin) and England v Wales (33-19 at Twickenham) on television over the [...]

August 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Waiting for something

The ironies are running thick and deep as the United Kingdom continues its trajectory through what Fleet Street traditionally calls “the silly season” (when no news is actually happening and – back in the day during any given August – ITN used to end its bulletins with fillers such [...]

August 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Missing London?

A question I am often asked before and after I moved down to the coast is whether I miss London? One good friend of mine put it more starkly “I will give it two years and you will be back with more to pay in property prices”. A lady friend of mine I have known for over 50 years and who lived in [...]

August 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

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